A man diving for abalone has drowned off the coast off Western Australia.

The man in his 40s, believed to be of Chinese origin who was living in Perth, was fishing in the waters near Cape Leeuwin in the State’s South West when he got into trouble.

A police spokeswoman said the man had been in a group of about 10 people fishing for the delicacy when disaster struck.

"About midday today, police were called to an incident in Leeuwin where a Perth man in his early forties drowned," a police spokeswoman said.

"His friends assisted him to shore where paramedics carried out CPR for more than 45 minutes, however he died at the scene."

Ocean conditions in the Lighthouse Bay area where Sunday’s incident occurred were not thought to be dangerous.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and police would prepare a report for the Coroner.

The fisherman is the second person within two months to die while attempting to catch abalone in the waters off WA.

In November, a 20-year old was swept out to sea in treacherous conditions while on an abalone hunt north of Perth.

The Malaysian man was caught in a strong rip in Yanchep Lagoon, 55 kilometres north of Perth, and was swept away.

That group was searching for the expensive delicacy on the first day of the heavily restricted recreational fishing season.

The disaster triggered calls for metropolitan abalone fishing spots to be closed in dangerous weather.

The West Australian

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